Practical Information: Volunteer and Extracurricular Work Opportunities

Volunteer and extracurricular work are especially effective means of integrating socially and becoming fluent in Spanish. Our program is excited to offer students the opportunity to volunteer with two organizations:

1. The Red Cross of Getafe in their “School Success” program. Our students teach English, tutor different subjects, or simply help Elementary or Middle School Spanish students with their homework. They will also have the opportunity to play sports or do field trips during weekends. The groups usually meet in the late afternoon and the Red Cross requires a weekly commitment of 2-3 hours.

2. Citylife Madrid (http://www.citylifemadrid.com): This is a program that seeks to orient and integrate foreign students in Madrid. They organize field trips, cultural activies, and meet & greet events.  They are interested in students who have skills in one or various areas: Art, social networks, public relations, graphic design, marketing or journalism. Students who want to work with Citylife should write well in English and Spanish and have some experience with or interest in cultural administration. The work to be done could involve one or more of the following: write cultural or travel-related texts, correct the English of the digital publications, coordinate art-related activities, coordinate travel, handle inquiries, graphic design, maintenace of social networks, etc. Since this is not for credit, Citylife could ask for up to 5 hours a week. This activity depends on a mutual fit with Citylife and, unlike the Red Cross volunteer opportunity, we could not guarantee it. Students who complete the term with Citylife can expect, besides the experience, a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation from their Citylife managers.

Those interested in volunteering should bear the following in mind:

  1. The program is able to help students work on a volunteer basis (not for a salary) and the program does not provide credit for such work.
  2. Volunteers require good language skills and a firm commitment to stick with the job through the semester.

If interested, write to the resident director and the assistant director (Pepa Eizaguirre, at pepavwm@pa.uc3m.es) before your arrival in Spain.